“I know it freaks everybody out, but we need THC. Only when doctors added a little nightly THC to Haleigh’s CBD regimen did she experience her first seizure-free day in years.” Janea Cox speaking of her daughter’s response to medical cannabis treatment.
This candor from Janea Cox is not motivated by money or politics. Instead, it’s motivated by love. A mother’s love for her child.
Janea’s daughter, Haleigh, has a form of epilepsy which features seizures that do not respond to traditional medical treatments. Current epilepsy treatments involve a heavy regimen of sedatives that include powerful benzodiazepines. So the options for treating intractable epilepsy are either 1) deal with seizures that retard cognitive development and eventually kill or 2) live in a drug induced coma.
Parents like Janea Cox did not accept these and opted for a third option; medical cannabis. Unfortunately, Georgia and many other states ignore the mountains of medical evidence proving cannabis has immeasurable medical value and criminalize it. Janea was forced to leave her home, family and friends to save her daughter’s life.
Janea took Haleigh to Colorado to begin using medical cannabis to treat her seizures. Cannabidiol (CBD) lowered the severity and number of Haleigh’s seizures, but the real seizure control didn’t begin until higher levels of THC were introduced into Haleigh’s treatment.
This is not surprising to anyone who is knowledgeable about cannabis. Cannabidiol is a powerful anti-inflammatory with some anticonvulsant properties, however, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a powerful anticonvulsant and anti-spasmodic compound. Also, these compounds work in synergy with one another and the other phytocannabinoids which naturally occur in the cannabis plant. See Below:
Since all facts, scientists, medical researchers, patients, and informed doctors know that CBD-oil alone is not an effective medical treatment, then why are so many legislators pushing “CBD only” legislation?
Because it’s easy and safe.
Cannabidiol lacks the psychoactive properties of THC, but it also lacks comprehensive medicinal efficacy.
The cannabis plant contains a complex combination of hundreds of medically powerful compounds that work together to benefit the human body. When legislators try to isolate only the ‘politically safe cannabinoids’ for medical use, we get ineffective, politically-safe policies.
Because it is proven that CBD oil alone is not an effective epilepsy treatment, anyone who supports “CBD only” legislation either has political and financial interests involved or is uninformed on the subject.
By: Daniel Macris, founder and ceo of Halcyon Organics.
© Halcyon Organics 2015